Spain capital – Jaca Huesca Fri, 23 Sep 2022 08:45:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spain capital – Jaca Huesca 32 32 Spain’s Prado Museum seeks artwork seized during Spanish Civil War Fri, 23 Sep 2022 03:24:38 +0000

Spain’s Prado Museum on Thursday announced a list of 62 works of art seized during the 1936-39 civil war and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and announced a research project that could lead to the works being returned to their legitimate owners.

Among the works are paintings by 17th-century Flemish artist Jan Brueghel the Younger and Spanish impressionist Joaquin Sorolla, according to the list.

The two-century-old museum said in a statement that it had set up a research team to study the 25 works and determine if there are other works that were also confiscated.

“The project aims to clarify any doubts that may exist regarding the history and context of the works prior to their cession to the Prado collections, which, in compliance with all legal requirements, may result in the return of the works to their rightful owners. “, did he declare. .

The results of the research, which will be led by senior professor and cultural heritage and Civil War expert Arturo Colorado, are expected in early 2023.

More than half a million people died during the Spanish Civil War and around 150,000 were later killed during the crackdown of Franco’s dictatorship from 1939 to 1975, historians estimate.

None of the works on the list are on display at the museum, which is part of Madrid’s “Golden Triangle of Art” along with the Reina Sofia and Thyssen galleries. One of the most famous monuments in the capital, the Prado contains more than 7,000 of the most beautiful paintings and other works of art in the world.

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London art exhibition aims to launch Gibraltar’s ‘cultural renaissance’ in UK capital, says minister Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:28:00 +0000

NINE artists from Gibraltar showcased their work at an exhibition in London about their individual relationship with their hometown.

The art exhibition ‘Gibraltar, Our Sacred Land, Our Sense of Place’ is on view at Bermondsey Project Space until 26 September. during the month.

As part of the exhibition, Gibraltar’s 2021 Cultural Ambassador, Gabriel Moreno, has agreed to host an evening of music, poetry and discussion on August 21.

It will feature performances by Satellite State, folk artist Pearl Fish and pianist Stephane Dominicy, who also has a video installation at the exhibit.

The Gibraltarian artists each captured a snapshot of the Rock’s “patios, traditional patios, forgotten corners, nostalgic moments and more”, the government of Gibraltar said in a statement.

They used oils, acrylics, photography, mixed media and video in the London exhibition.

The nine artists pose with exhibition organizers at the Bermondsey Project Space

At the well-attended opening of the exhibition, Culture Minister John Cortes explained how Gibraltar’s identity is linked to its history.

“Seeing Gibraltarian art exhibited here in London and surrounded by so many of our talented artists and their work has been an incredible experience,” said Cortes.

“It is so important to spread our art and our culture outside our shores, to convey the essence of Gibraltar to other countries so that they can better understand who we are. We have to do this.

“London is a first stop on the journey of projecting our cultural renaissance overseas.”


]]> Barcelona climb to the top in Spain after Lewandowski double Sun, 18 Sep 2022 04:55:59 +0000

BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 18 Relentless striker Robert Lewandowski pounced twice as Barcelona hammered 10-man Elche 3-0 to go one point clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday.

The Polish striker has continued his sensational form since arriving from Bayern Munich in the summer, taking him to 11 goals in eight appearances in all competitions.

Real Madrid are on a 100% record after five games but will face city rivals Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s derby.

So it was a chance for Barcelona to provisionally drop the champions and they took it.

“We will sleep as leaders for the first time in two years,” said Barca coach Xavi Hernandez. “We did our homework and got the three points. We are on the right path.

Xavi rotated in midfield following Tuesday’s Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, with Frenkie de Jong and Franck Kessie coming on as a substitute, while Memphis Depay received a rare start in attack.

Bottom-of-the-table Elche made it much easier for the hosts when Gonzalo Verdu brought down Lewandowski as he charged through on goal after 14 minutes and was quickly sent off.

Barcelona piled up the chances and inevitably Lewandowski broke the deadlock after 34 minutes.

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Pedri placed Alejanrdo Balde down the left and the young defender clipped a ball through the penalty area for the veteran striker to simply cushion into the net.

“We knew he would score goals and make a difference, but his personal side surprised me,” Xavi said.

“He has a lot of humility, commitment, hunger. He works very hard.

Memphis doubled the lead with a tight individual turn and a powerful strike that flew past Edgar Badia, and Pedri added a third shortly before halftime, but it was ruled out for offside.

Barcelona only had to wait three and a half seconds for that, with Lewandowski pounced on a stray ball in the box and finished clinically to put the game well beyond Elche’s reach.

After Cadiz’s late victory over Real Valladolid on Friday night, Francisco Rodriguez’s side were left bottom of La Liga on one point, and never looked like they wanted to change it against Xavi’s sparkling Barca.

Badia denied Lewandowski his hat-trick with a fine save and the striker fired slightly over the bar before being replaced by Ferran Torres, to a standing ovation from the home fans already under his spell.

Long after Lewandowski was replaced, his name continued to resonate in the stadium. Up front, Barcelona finally have a player to replace Lionel Messi’s goal contributions and help them compete for the title again, which they last won in 2019.

Lewandowski’s arrival and the club’s summer signing frenzy has given fans reason to watch again, as evidenced by the 85,000 attendances, compared to last season’s languid attendance.

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“The excitement of the fans is palpable, in the stadium, in the streets, we must maintain this hope and this conviction,” added Xavi.

“People are connected, Barcelona’s support is more alive than ever.”

Elsewhere, Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao moved up to third in the table after beating Rayo Vallecano 3-2 in an entertaining clash at San Mames.

Inaki Williams equalized for Athletic after veteran midfielder Oscar Trejo opened the scoring for the visitors.

Oihan Sancet and Nico Williams, freshly called up in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for the upcoming Nations League clash, scored to give the hosts a two-goal lead at Bilbao.

Radamel Falcao pulled one back late but Valverde’s side held on for the win, moving within three points of Barcelona.

Valencia beat Celta Vigo 3-0 at Mestalla to finish eighth as Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani made his debut after leaving Manchester United.

Gennaro Gatuso’s side have a 100% home record and played with conviction.

Samu Castellejo broke the deadlock in the first half, before Celta’s Franco Cervi was sent off for a reckless tackle on Thierry Correia.

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Marcos Andre and Andre Almeida added late goals to wrap up the win.

Real Mallorca beat Almeria 1-0 at Son Moix.

It was an ‘honor to share all these years’ with Federer, says Nadal Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:46:48 +0000

MADRID, Spain, September 15 — Rafael Nadal said it was “an honor” to share “incredible moments” with Roger Federer after the Swiss great announced his retirement from tennis on Thursday.

Federer, 41, said he would retire after the Laver Cup in London later in September, having not played since Wimbledon 2021 due to a knee problem.

“Dear Roger, my friend and rival, I wish this day had never come,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.

“It is a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It has been a pleasure but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you, to experience so many incredible moments on and off the pitch.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is only behind Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) on most major men’s singles lists.

They have faced each other 14 times in Grand Slam events, with Nadal winning 10 times and Federer four.

“We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there are still many things to do together, we know that,” Nadal continued.

“For now, I really wish you all the happiness with your wife Mirka, your children, your family and enjoy what lies ahead. I will see you in London at (the) Laver Cup.

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The hard-court tournament, from September 23-25, will see European tennis stars take on others from the rest of the world, with Nadal and Federer united in ‘Team Europe’.

Evenepoel set to win Spain’s Vuelta after protecting lead Sat, 10 Sep 2022 15:51:22 +0000

PUERTO DE NAVACERRADA, Spain — Remco Evenepoel all but clinched his maiden Grand Tour title on Saturday after the 22-year-old Belgian secured his lead in Spain’s Vuelta on the final competitive stage of the three-week race.

Well supported by his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, Evenepoel had no trouble ensuring that Enric Mas and the Spaniard’s Movistar team were never able to challenge the two-minute lead that he took in the 20th stage in the mountains just north of Madrid, where the race ends on Sunday.

Evenepoel broke down in tears as he crossed the finish line, where he was hugged by his teammates. He is set to become the first Belgian to win a Grand Tour since 1978, when Johan De Muynck won the Giro d’Italia. Evenepoel’s first win as a professional came in Spain when at 19 he won the San Sebastián Classic, a race he won for the second time in June.

The final stage is a flat 97 kilometer (60 mile) course from Las Rozas to a finish in the Spanish capital when custom dictates that no rider challenges the leader. While the team leaders will use it to enjoy the end of the grueling event, the sprinters will fight for the stage victory.

Evenepoel said he finally “delivered” after a previous disappointment.

“All the bad comments from last year, I think I finally delivered and responded to everyone, Evenepoel said. “I’ve worked so hard to come here in the best shape, and winning here is amazing. (It’s) for Belgium, for my team-mates, my family, my fiancée… I’ve been out for so many weeks and so many month is for them.

Richard Carapaz won the 181 kilometer (112 mile) trek from Moralzarzal to Puerto de Navacerrada which included three Category 1 climbs. It was the third stage victory of this Vuelta for Carapaz. The Olympic gold medalist and winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia also won stages 12 and 14.

Evenepoel has held the red jersey since taking the lead in stage six. His most dangerous challenger was three-time defending champion Primoz Roglic, who was gaining ground until he crashed earlier this week and had to retire from the race.

That left Mas as his only real threat over the past few days, but the Spaniard was unable to close the gap.

Mas made his final attempt to smash Evenepoel on the fourth ascent of the Category 1 Puerta de la Morcuera after Movistar set a tough pace and got rid of Evenepoel from his teammates. But Evenepoel clung to his wheel and that was the end of Mas’ hopes.

Mas is expected to finish second overall with Juan Ayuso, a 19-year-old UAE Team Emirates driver, completing the podium.

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]]> Griezmann forced into new super-sub role at Atlético Thu, 08 Sep 2022 22:35:03 +0000

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Antoine Griezmann is making the most of his minutes as a surprising super-sub for Atlético Madrid.

The 31-year-old striker, who won the World Cup title with France in 2018, became a second-half substitute for coach Diego Simeone after being a starter for most of his career. And it seems to be due to a contract dispute between Atlético and Barcelona.

Whatever the reason, Griezmann responded by scoring three goals in five substitute appearances, including a stoppage-time winner in the 2-1 win over Porto. Wednesday in the Champions League.

But with his best player performing so well, why doesn’t Simeone set him up from the start like he had for most of their long time together?

Asked about Griezmann’s odd role, Simeone replied, rather cryptically, last week that the coach is ‘a club man and always will be’.

This response seemed to be the Argentine’s way of confirming local media reports that the club’s management had asked him to cut Griezmann’s minutes as part of a contract showdown to save some much-needed cash. . Atlético are reportedly trying to avoid having to pay Barcelona 40 million euros ($40 million) to make his transfer permanent.

Griezmann, who became a star at Atlético from 2014-19 before moving to Barcelona for a frustrating two seasons, returned to the Spanish capital at the start of last season on loan. In this agreement, it was stipulated that Atlético would have to pay Barcelona 40 million euros (40 million dollars) if he played more than 45 minutes on average. Atlético are reportedly trying to get Barcelona to lower this transfer cost, although Atlético did not immediately respond to The Associated Press when asked about any talks.

Barcelona argue that Atletico are already forced to pay the transfer fee after Griezmann played well over half of the available minutes last season. The Catalan club told The Associated Press on Thursday that they are ready to take legal action to get Atlético to pay regardless of how many minutes Griezmann is currently playing.

So, after being regularly used as a starter last season, Griezmann has come on just after the 60-minute mark in all five of Atlético’s games this campaign.

In interviews with several Spanish sports media on Wednesday, club president Enrique Cerezo repeatedly denied giving orders to Simeone.

“Antoine Griezmann is an Atlético Madrid player and we have coaches who play him when they think it’s appropriate, there’s nothing more,” Cerezo told Movistar Plus TV. “He is available for the time our coach wants. For the beginning, the middle or the end.

The Cerezo club had a discreet transfer window. His only major contract was for defender Nahuel Molina. Otherwise, midfielder Axel Witsel signed as a free agent, defender Sergio Reguilón arrived on loan, while Álvaro Morata and Saúl Ñiguez returned from loan deals.

Griezmann, who is expected to play an important role for France at this year’s World Cup in Qatar, delivered from the bench. Besides his last-minute header against Porto, he also scored in a 3-0 win over Getafe and provided the winner for a 1-0 triumph over Valencia.

“The situation is what it is. It’s not in my hands,” Griezmann said after the win over Porto. “Of course I want more (minutes), but I will give my all in the minutes I have. I feel like a man of this club. I’m happy here and I just want to play here and give my all to this club, both for ‘Cholo’ (Simeone) and our fans.

Griezmann’s next chance to help his team will be on Saturday when Atlético host a Celta Vigo side led by Iago Aspas and his five goals.


Real Madrid will most likely be without Karim Benzema for their home game against Mallorca on Sunday.

Benzema suffered a tendon and muscle injury in his right leg in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Celtic. The club haven’t specified how long he is expected to be out.

His absence could give another chance to Eden Hazard, who scored and provided two assists in Glasgow. The little-used Belgian striker is in desperate need of playing time to get fit for the World Cup.


Robert Lewandowski will be looking to maintain his superb goalscoring streak when Barcelona visit Cadiz on Saturday.

The Polish striker is fresh off a hat trick in Barcelona’s 5-1 loss of Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. Prior to that, he had scored five goals in three Spanish league wins.

Barcelona are in second place in the league, three points behind Madrid. Cadiz are in last place after losing all four games and still haven’t scored a goal.


Julen Lopetegui is under intense pressure to guide his winless Sevilla to victory at Espanyol on Saturday.

Some Sevilla fans have called for the club’s president, Pepe Castro, to be ousted during their side’s 4-0 loss to Manchester City. tuesday. They are unhappy with the club for weakening the squad by selling centre-backs Jules Koundé and Diego Carlos, who were among the best in the league, without replacing them.

Sevilla have drawn and lost three in the Spanish league.


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Rail route of the month: the slow train from France to Spain | Travel by rail Tue, 06 Sep 2022 06:53:00 +0000

Avignon is a natural stopover for travelers from Britain and Northern Europe to the Iberian Peninsula. It is a place of choice. Fast or slow?

Travelers in a hurry to reach Spain head to the TGV station, which opened in 2001. It’s a good drive south from the city center to Courtine, a new suburb that was once a watery wasteland between the Durance and Rhône rivers . From this rather sterile peripheral station, a high-speed train leaving at 8:40 a.m. arrives in the Spanish capital in the middle of the afternoon.

Those who are not in a hurry will find a much more interesting option for traveling to Spain. Slow trains depart from Avignon Centre, the historic station in the old city walls. The station itself is a gem, its facade an essay in neo-classical symmetry, with five elegant bays and a clock dominating the balustrade. The architect Jules Bouchot also designed a similar station in Valence, in the Rhone Valley from Avignon. The two stations are inspired by the architecture of the 7 Palace of Versailles.

Gare d’Avignon-Centre, inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles. Photograph: Jason Knott/Alamy

Avignon Center used to display a roll call of international destinations on its departure boards. Alas, direct trains to London, Berlin and Milan no longer exist. The only trains from Avignon Center that still venture beyond the French borders are the three times daily regional services to Portbou in Spain. This is an amazing 4 hour 15 minute trip made even better by being on a slower train, which makes 25 stops along the way. There is real drama in the changing landscapes of this route, which culminates in a final stretch along the Côte Vermeille south of Perpignan to the border. To the left is the Mediterranean and the steep slopes of the Pyrenees rise to the right. All in all, much better than plunging under the mountains in the long Perthus tunnel used by high-speed trains.

This slower option relies on regional trains (TER). Up to three direct trains a day connect Avignon to Portbou. These are supplemented by additional services which require changes, usually in Narbonne and Perpignan. It’s the perfect journey for travelers using Interrail passes: they can simply hop on and off at will without the tedious requirement, common in France, of reserving seats in advance. This is a route to be enjoyed on its own, but can be incorporated into longer Interrail routes.

Cruise in Occitania

The slow train to Spain threads its way through the southern suburbs of Avignon and crosses the Durance east of the TGV station. In a few minutes, it’s a real feeling of wild nature that you walk along the steep slopes of the Montagnette, with its twisted pines and its low maquis, a landscape shaped by the merciless mistral. There is a wonderful feeling of being immersed in a landscape, rather than rushing through at an uncomfortably high speed.

View of the coast near Sète, from the Avignon train.
View of the coast near Sète, from the Avignon train. Photography: Bernard Pichon/Getty Images

At Tarascon, the train turns sharply towards the west, crosses the Rhône and enters Occitania. We pass a pink farmhouse displaying the region’s distinctive red flag with a yellow cross. The train stops at a station called Nîmes Pont-du-Gard. It’s a bold piece of modern architecture and a curious affectation of French railway planners: the station is miles from Nîmes and even further from the famous roman aqueduct which forms the rest of his name. Later, we stop at the real Nîmes, then at a procession of distinctive Occitan communities: Montpellier, Sète, Agde, Béziers and Narbonne. Along the way, there are tantalizing views of flamingos, salt marshes, coastal fortresses and empty beaches.

I walked this course from one end to the other without interruption. It takes a little over four hours. But the spots along the way are just too tempting to miss. Narbonne is about the middle of the trip and the perfect place for lunch. Head to Les Halles, a historic indoor market that resembles a 19th-century train station, for a variety of culinary delights.

I also usually stop in Perpignan, where a sign at the station reminds travelers that Perpignan is the very center of the world. This is not a vain civic claim, but a beautiful reference to the extraordinary metaphysical experience of Salvador Dalí here in 1963. For Dalí, Perpignan was not only the center of the world, but the cosmic center of the universe.

beach, pretty town and green hills
The seafront of Collioure, south of Perpignan. Photography: Patrick Donovan/Getty Images

The other must-see spot on this trip is beautiful Collioure, a small port on the rocky coast south of Perpignan. The village is dominated by a beautiful 13th century castle used by the Templars, the monarchs of Majorca and the troops of Bourbon. Matisse, Picasso, Dufy and Braque discover Collioure. Anchovies, for so long a Collioure staple, are still as good as ever and the town still attracts many budding artists. From Collioure, the railway skirts headlands and bays, passing through the windswept vineyards of Banyuls.

Arrival in Spain

Portbou (sometimes rendered as Port Bou) is the first station on the Spanish side of the border and the end of the line for all regional trains from France. Portbou itself is only a village, much of its territory being taken up by the oversized railway station and railway marshalling yards.

nobody on the platform at Portbou station.
End of line at Portbou station. Photograph: David Bagnall/Alamy

The route along the coast from France to Spain was relegated to secondary status in 2010, when most international trains from Perpignan were rerouted through the Perthus tunnel. Portbou thus loses its place in the championship of European border stations. This is where express trains from France to Spain all had to stop to allow the change of axles from the standard European gauge to the wider Spanish gauge. Now it is the passengers who have to change, and most of those arriving on France’s TER service are walking to join the waiting Spanish train for the onward journey to Barcelona.

travel facts

Regional trains run hourly from Avignon to Portbou. In autumn, direct trains leave from Avignon Center at 11:35 a.m. (every day), 1:35 p.m. (no Saturdays) and 3:35 p.m. (no Saturdays or Sundays). The one-way fare is €45.70. Book on (with €6.95 processing fee). It is sometimes possible to travel for only €1 from Avignon Center to Portbou. Finding this promotional rate is like looking for a needle in a haystack and does not allow stopovers. For those who prefer to stop on the way, especially as part of a wider European rail route, an Interrail pass is the best option (from €246, with discounts for under 28s and over 60 years).

The 17th edition of Nicky Gardner’s book Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide is available from the Guardian’s Library. She is co-editor of hidden europe magazine

Georgia hosts Turkey in decisive EuroBasket qualifier match Sun, 04 Sep 2022 12:35:33 +0000

The Tbilisi Arena complex will host a decisive EuroBasket qualifying match on Sunday evening, with Georgia and Turkey facing each other.

On the second day of Eurobasket 2022 on Saturday evening, the Georgian national team faced Spain and lost 64:96.

Georgia’s Rati Andronikashvili led the game with 13 points and four rebounds.

Photo: Georgian Basketball Federation/Facebook Page

The EurobaBasket opener for the Georgian national basketball team ended in a loss to Belgium on Thursday.

Georgia is co-hosting the continent’s premier basketball event for the first time, alongside Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.

In an interview with, Viktor Sanikidze, president of the Georgian Basketball Federation and former member of the national team, said co-hosting EuroBasket for the first time was a “great recognition” for the country, as the tournament was “one of the biggest, most popular and highest rated sporting events in the world”.

Photo from the Georgian Basketball Federation Facebook page

The Georgian public broadcaster will broadcast the game between Georgia and Turkey at 9 p.m. local Tbilisi time.

Spectators will also be able to follow the match on a big screen in a fan zone organized by the BPG at Rike Park in the Georgian capital.

Shujaa’s 2022 HSBC World Sevens Series season in brief Fri, 02 Sep 2022 21:35:00 +0000

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 2 – After the full season return of the HSBC Sevens following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kenya 7s team fell short of their goal, ending the campaign with a new head coach who will led to a 12th place finish in the 2021/22 term.

Starting the season under former international Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu, Shujaa started with a Cup quarter-final in both Dubai legs before collapsing in Malaga in Spain where the side failed to scored just one point, then went on to pick up another. a point in Vancouver, leading to the coach’s dismissal after Game 6.

Next up was the appointment of Englishman Damian MacGrath who guided the team through to the end of the season, ending on a note of improvement after reaching their first cup quarters where the team lost to Australia 40-14 in the final leg of the season in Los Angeles.

– Billy joins the club of the century-

Kenya’s Billy Odhiambo drives through the Samoa defense during day two of the 2020 HSBC Los Angeles Sevens at Dignity Health Sports Park on March 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, USA. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC Photos for World Rugby

Despite a disappointing season, Kenya had some bright spots thanks to veteran Billy ‘The Kid’ Odhiambo scoring his 100th try for Kenya in the Sevens World Series to join Collins Injera (279), retired veteran Humphrey Kayange (159) and Willy Ambaka (132) in the club of the century.

Antony Omondi was Shujaa’s leading points scorer with 100 with 35 coming from conversions while crowd favorite Alvin ‘Buffa’ Otieno scored the most tries (12) as Herman Humwa finished second with 11 trials.


Alvin Otieno in action at last year’s Safari Sevens. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

This season saw Simiyu debut KCB RFC’s Kevin Wekesa and Mwamba’s Tony Omondi who are both doing well before adding the Homeboyz trio of Richel Wanjala, Zeden Marrow and Collins Shikoli as well as Nondescript’s Ben Salem in the 5th and 6th innings while McGrath gave Archadius Khwesa of Blak Blad his first call.

Kenya’s biggest defeat this season came in Sevilla, Spain at the hands of eventual champions Australia who beat Kenya 42-0 with the biggest victory in Los Angeles, USA, recording a 29-0 against United States.

Kenya’s best performance in the series came in the 2017-18 season when they finished with a whopping 104 points to finish fifth, coincidentally under the watchful eyes of Simiyu.

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The team now looks to the World Cup which will take place in South Africa on September 10-11.

Toddler dies in Catalonia after being hit by large hailstone | Spain Wed, 31 Aug 2022 20:49:00 +0000

A 20-month-old girl has died in Catalonia after being hit by a large hailstone as severe storms raged across parts of the northeastern region of Spain, raining down the biggest rocks seen in two decades and injuring dozens of people.

The girl, who has not been named, was hit by hail during a storm on Tuesday evening in the town of La Bisbal d’Empordà, in the province of Girona. She was taken to a hospital in the provincial capital, but died of her injuries in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We had the terrible case of the little girl who was hit by a stone,” the town’s mayor, Carme Vall, told Spanish national television channel RTVE on Wednesday morning. “There wasn’t much to do for her and she died today. It was a terrible accident. »

Northeastern Spain hit by a barrage of large hailstones – video

The mayor told Catalan radio station RAC 1 that hardly any rain had fallen, just hailstones up to 11cm wide. “The hail fell for only 10 minutes, but it was 10 minutes of terror,” she added.

Catalan regional president Pere Aragonès said his thoughts were with the girl’s family and all those affected by the storms. He also thanked the regional emergency services for their efforts. “Painfully touched by this tragedy, I want to send my condolences to the family,” Aragonès said in a tweet. “A really big hug. All our support for the inhabitants of La Bisbal affected by hail. The Government of Catalonia is on your side.

The Catalan meteorological office, MeteoCat, said a hailstone 10cm in diameter had been found in the town where the girl died, making Tuesday’s hailstones the biggest in the region since 2002.

Catalonia’s regional firefighting service, the Bombers, said it received 39 calls from La Bisbal d’Empordà overnight and two from the nearby town of Forallac. He said the hailstorms shattered roof tiles and knocked down cables.

Residents posted pictures on social media showing hailstones and the damage they had caused to homes, vehicles and outdoor furniture.

On Wednesday morning, MeteoCat predicted lower temperatures and unstable conditions, adding: “Some of the precipitation could fall with great intensity and again be accompanied by hailstorms.”